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good evening, everyone. welcome, i'm don lemon coming to you from the beautiful boathouse restaurant? downtown, columbus, ohio. this is the state that could be the place where the next president of the united states is decided. and we have crews everywhere. we want to tell you first off, though, president barack obama and his challenger mitt romney have no space in their schedules today, and why should they? i want you to look at the number on the bottom of your screen. it says, two days. two days is what's left before the election in america. the two candidates and their camps are all over america today. president obama a at functions from new hampshire to colorado, while mitt romney is keeping his attention focused on states further east. they're working late, too. one of the president's events is at 10:30 tonight in aurora, colorado. that is mitt romney and his wife
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ann at an energetic gop rally this afternoon. that's in cleveland, ohio. he told supporters a slogan used by the president four years ago better applies to him this time around. >> if you believe we can do better, if you believe america should be on a better course or if you're tired of being tired, then i ask you to vote for real change. paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. when i'm elected, the economy and american jobs will still be stagnant, but i won't waste any time complaining about my predecessor. >> so that was cleveland, ohio. but mitt romney is now in pennsylvania. i told you they were busy. he wraps up the day with an appearance in newport news, virginia. very busy schedule. and that's president obama arriving a little while ago in south florida. he took issue with his
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opponent's promise of, quote, real change. listen. >> here's the thing, florida. we know what change looks like. what governor romney is offering ain't it. giving more power back to the biggest banks, that's not change. another $5 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy, that's not change. refusing to answer questions about the details of your policies until after the election, that's definitely not change. >> president obama's next stop just down i-71 from where i'm standing right now. he's going to be in cincinnati, then it's out west to colorado before he calls it a night. >> by wait, you see this lovely young woman? we're going to let her ride with me in my limo to the high school, okay? >> great. >> we're going to go have a cup of coffee. >> she's too young to vote, but you could still call her vice preside president biden's new bff, best
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friend forever. he made a stop at a nearby high school. the 17-year-old told him that the rally was at her school but she couldn't go because she had to work. so the vp gave her and her twin brother a ride to the event, that after she assured the vice president that she could get a ride back to work. if it seems to you that the candidates are hitting the same states over and over and over, well, you are right. they're pouring all of their energy and most of their advertising money into those so-called battleground states where the choice for president is not yet considered a loss. those things change slightly every four years, but these are the battleground of 2012 right here. president obama is polling better than romney in most of them, but well within the margins of error. that means all nine battlegrounds can go either way. election news out of battleground state of florida to tell you about. early voting technically ended yesterday, but the heavy turnout prompted officials in several counties to extend early voting. people were reportedly waiting
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in voting lines for up to seven hours in some counties. wow. president obama won florida in 2008, and today the state is just too close to call, as we've been seeing, all the battleground states. right here in ohio, the campaign spin is so fast, your head might just spin off your neck if you listen to hard. each camp, obama, romney insists they have the advantage in ohio. and candidates are zig-zagging across the states at a frantic pace. all ryan rally supporters in mansfield, ohio. vice president biden making two stops in ohio today. so that's where peter comes in. peter, it's a virtual deadlock in ohio with the clock winding down, and some say president obama might have a tiny sliver of advantage in ohio. do you buy that, and if so, which groups in ohio voters are going to play larger here? >> yeah, i mean, people here
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generally seem to be democrats. obama has a slight advantage. they insist that it's tied in the romney camp. the most comparable election to this, don, probably 2004, and if you go back and look at those polls, bush led by one, two, three, four points heading into election day, and he won. but early voting right now is the key, and republicans today, they're looking at some of the early vote numbers this specific weekend, yesterday and today, voters coming from churches. these are obama supporters passing ballots today. there is a real concern in the republican camp in ohio right now. >> i'm glad you brought that up. we hear the spin, and when i'm sitting back in a company studio in atlanta, new york or d.c., wherever i am, you hear the spin and you kind of put it out there. but when you're on the ground, pete, you get a distinctive idea of what is going on. i think the romney people are definitely a little bit nervous, as you said, because i went to this polling place today that we showed, and there were people,
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literally circles of people, and it's heavily democratic. i asked one of the police officers, and he said it's been all democrats, man, i'll tell you that. >> you showed the lines in florida. the lines are that long here, and it's cold out. democrats are expected to win the early vote. polls show they won the early vote. they won the early vote last time. republicans expected that, they boosted their campaign. but there are still lines going on. that means republicans will have to turn out their supporters at an even higher rate on election day. it makes it even tougher for the republican party to win if democrats bank a ton of votes, which it appears they're doing today. >> at last check, we had the secretary of state on, 1.6 million votes here. that's from absentee and in-person voting, but that was as of, i think, on friday, so the numbers are going to be even higher. i've always thought that the surprise was going to be the early votes, and that's what the polls are really not showing.
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the interesting thing, though, there is also an issue here with the provisional ballots that's going on in ohio. talk to me about that. >> well, yeah. this is a question about provisional ballots. you mentioned secretary of state john hughes said democrats are accusing him of voter suppression, he wants to throw out provisional ballots. what is a provisional ballot? if you show up on election day and say you already got an absentee ballot but didn't cast it, you're allowed to cast the ballot on election day. the numbers in their favor, democrats, right? so if the election comes down to 100,000 votes, 50,000 votes -- >> and it could. >> yeah. and you have on the side, 200 3rks200, 300,000 provisional ballots and there's a recount which would start the day after election day, this could slip. these provisional ballots are going to be very, very
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important. >> they can't be counted, as you said, until ten days after election day, which means november 17. >> only then do they start counting them. so we could be here in the cold in columbus for the rest of november. >> to talk about all that, pete, i want to tell you and i want to tell our viewers. the secretary of state, john husted, is going to join me at 7:30 eastern, and we're going to talk about that provisional ballot. he's going to be very honest with us. he'll be here on cnn, 7:30, john husted. thank you very much, peter. appreciate it. so the rover now from superstorm sandy and what would be an unprecedented move, election officials in storm-wracked new york, they're considering drawing the election past tuesday. interesting. we thought that might happen. voters could get an extra day to cast ballots.
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it was only common sense, people, that they would have to do something like this. that day would be scheduled as far as 20 days after election day. late yesterday, new jersey chris christie ordered that there be extended voting hours past the weekend. power is slowly being restored. more than 2 million people along the eastern seaboard are still without electricity, 700,000 of those are in new york making for a very cold night with temperatures expected to hover just above freezing. on a positive note, though, new york city public schools will reopen tomorrow. skool schools that were heavily damaged will remain closed, and students in those schools will be assigned temporary locations. some recovery there but still a long way to go. two days before election day. what have the campaigns done right and where have they missed the mark? we're going to break it down
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welcome back to our coverage of america's choice 2012. we're live in columbus, ohio at the beautiful boathouse restaurant in downtown columbus. on this sunday before election day, there is no doubt that the faithful are filling the pews with their presidential hopefuls. of the 37% in iowa, many of them call themselves the faithful. but they're divided. >> reporter: in the heart of des moines, evangelical christians
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flock to faith church to talk about the presidential election. >> what it boils down to is what does the bible say and which candidate is going to follow the closest? >> reporter: for bob and rachel bradshaw, that candidate is mitt romney. >> i don't know how, in his right mind, the president could be for abortion the way he is and support same-sex marriage. it's hard for me for somebody that claims to be a christian, you know, make statements to support things like that. >> it's not an easy choice to make either way. >> reporter: don and wasi wamba have wrestled with their rovote. >> my religious beliefs are not in line with either one. if anything, it's probably going to be mitt romney. >> 37% of voters in the iowa public caucuses identify themselves as evangelicals. they supported rick santorum
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over romney, many uneasy on romney's past on issues like abortion and his mormon faith. >> but that was then. you said the romney campaign snubbed social conservatives. >> i think he has proved to himself that he's tried to make that out reach to social conservatives as well as economic conservatives. he's daone a good job here in iowa. >> iowa's evangelical voters seem to have moved into mitt romney's camp. the president may place more of a challenge. the catholic voters we spoke with here are split over issues like abortion, funding for contraception, and the government's role in providing for the poor. >> the life issues which many catholics, most catholics, hold dear and central to their faith, but then there's this belief that remains that the democratic party somehow cares for the poor better.
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i think it comes down to that tension. >> reporter: how big a role does your catholic religion play in your vote? >> i think it's big. i'm an ex-nun. and the group of nuns i'm associated with to this day are pushing for obama. >> reporter: is the pro-choice stance difficult for you to reconcile? >> it was very difficult. it board me for a long, long time. >> reporter: as did the same-sex marriage issue, both of which she ultimately looked past. but for catholics like ellen markum and her daughter dawn, some issues are non-negotiable. >> for me it's the life issues. i'm very pro life, and i want an administration that supports that view. >> then i would say sanctity of life and sanctity of marriage. >> it's poppy harlow in new york
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rig right now. the religion seems to play a big part right now. >> they came out very vocal, don, in opposition to the obama administration's rule that requires health insurance providers to provide free contraceptive coverage. that complicates the president's relationship with those catholic voters, and when you look back at 2008, the president got almost 60% of the catholic vote. so it is somewhat dividing that vote. obviously, as you can see, we're at one of the staging centers for the president here in iowa, one of about 350 volunteers are out making calls, canvassing, door knocking, trying to get the vote out because the ground game here is just as important as it is where you are in ohio, don. look at the opinion page here. this is the opinion page of the des moines register, clinton op-ed and ryan op-ed, so you've
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got their surrogates weighing in as well. >> i've seen those lines at the polling place. my gosh, it is on. poppy harlow in des moines, iowa. thank you very much. two days before election day, what have the campaigns done right and where have they made some missteps? where this they missed the mark? we're going to break it down with our cnn contributors, coming up next. ♪ at quicken loans, we won't make you wait for it. our efficient, online system allows us to get you through your home loan process fast. which means you'll never have to beg for a quick closing. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. bonkers, look at me when i'm talking to you. we have so much technology in our store to really show the customers what's going on with their bodies. now you can feel what happens as we raise your sleep number setting and allow the bed to contour to your
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all right, one of my favorite parts of the show. we can't let this day go bow y without a visit from az granderson. i want to look at the big picture with you guys tonight and take an honest look at both campaigns, what they did right and what they did wrong. we're going to start with the obama campaign, and in a few minutes we're going to take you back to analyze the romney effort. anna, you first. as a political strategist, what did the obama campaign do right during this campaign? >> i think one of the things he
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did right was his convention. the democrat convention was a very great put-out, organized events. he did a couple announcements that very much energized his face. helping the immigrant kids, the same-sex basis. those two things helped him out. we all think it was a politically-motivated action, but it helped him tremendously politically. so even if it was politically motivated, it worked. >> okay. lz, what about you? what did the obama campaign do right? >> what did he do right? oh, boy. well, i think first thing they did right was they were able to expose mitt romney for being the flip-flopper that he is, and not so much the president himself but his surrogate.
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i think especially president clinton did a marvelous job at the convention. his speech was the highlight of the entire thing, and what he did essentially was just dismantle mitt romney and his logic. i think that was helpful tremendously for his campaign. and also what anna talked about, he energized his face by being political. i don't like it, it's politics as usual, but politics as usual works. he did restore faith in the people that believed he was going to bring change, so i think he did a really, really good job of emphasizing the flip-flopping of mitt romney as well as potential for social change with the dream act sort of initiative as well as those major equality. >> anna, what did the obama campaign did wrong? >> well, you know, look, i think that there is no doubt that the worst moment for the obama campaign and the game-changing moment was that first debate.
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it was a debate where he just didn't show up, he mailed it in, he didn't put the effort, the heart and soul that people expected of him. he did not meet expectations. it changed the entire race. had he performed up to expectations in that race, we would not be in this toss-up today, most probably. and, you know, let me tell you, if he loses this race on tuesday night, i think he's going to be kicking himself for a while over that bad performance in the first debate, and i think michelle is going to be kicking him for decades. >> uh-huh. yeah. hey, anna, i have to say that you're probably right about that, and i said on this show, and i tweeted out that the president's performance in that debate was not great. it was not great, and i'm putting it lightly here. i got a lot of flak from obama supporters from that, but that is the truth. and later, even the administration and the president himself said that he didn't do so well in that campaign. he did terribly, let's just be honest.
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lz, you usually defend the president on this show. what did you think the obama team did wrong in this campaign? >> well, i definitely agree with the debate. a couple months ago i wrote a piece for cnn.com, and i essentially said nothing else mattered in this campaign except the first debate. if the president performed well, game over. if he didn't perform well, he could be in trouble and it's come to pass. but i think he did some other things. the campaign did some other things, too, that they could have done better. they didn't take full advantage of mitt romney's lack of experience with foreign policy. in helping to connect the dots between an inexperienced person with foreign policy and the domestic economy. he could have connected the dots better between george bush rush sbug w rushing into war and he didn't do that. this is a man who had to flee, basically, the states. he characterized as he decided to go to the olympics. but the truth of the matter is
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he had a sub-40% approval rating when he was leaving office. it wasn't as if he opted to leave, voters were kicking him out. he did not do a good job. president obama pointed that ouou out. he spent too much time on taxes and bain capital. the other thing i think they did not do well was connect the dots with women's rights. they spent too much time on abortion and contraceptives and not enough time pointing out the democrats putting forth with women. he didn't do a good job pointing that out. >> okay. lz and anna, don't go anywhere. we're going to ask each of you what the mitt romney campaign did right and what they did wrong. think about your answers because we'll see you in about four minutes here on cnn.
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our coverage now, countdown to election day continues here on cnn live from columbus, boathouse restaurant, of course. while the presidential candidates continue barnstorming the battleground states, voters in virginia still speaking out on their favorite candidates in a very original way. athena jones intent the day at what was called a punkin chunkin event. >> we spent an entire day talking to people at this punkin chunkin event. it's where people can bring their pumpkins and chuck them. we're in a swing county in what is a swing state. this county voted for obama back in 2008. his margin of victory was over 8 points, a little higher than
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across the rest of the state of the this was a county that went for bush the previous two elections, so it's a county to watch. we've been speaking to people here about who they support. let's listen to what two of them had to say. >> i'll be supporting president obama. i believe he stands for women's rights, for children's rights, for everyone's rights more than people who represent the top 1%. >> i was -- had high hopes for obama, but he just hasn't fulfilled them. so i think it's time for a change, and romney is the kind of manager/organizer that can do the job. >> reporter: we had a chance to talk to several people here, some of them from loudoun county, some from elsewhere. they both agreed that they've just about had it with all the political ads. back to you. >> oh, we've all had it with the political ads.
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a athina, i want to see the punkin chunkin. we just saw the aftermath behind her. you guys are going to help us assess obama and romney campaigns again. what worked, what didn't work, what they did right, what they did wrong. we talked about team obama just a few minutes ago. let's focus now on the romney team. a lot of people say it's impossible to overstate how big that first debate was for mitt romney. lz, from your last answer, i know you agree. >> oh, absolutely. i mean, i don't want to say he was fantastic, i want to say the president was that awful. if the president had been on his game, he would have dismantled all the arguments mitt romney put in front of him, but he was off his game, and because he was off his game, romney looked that much better. but i give him credit. he was energized, he was hopeful, but even leading up to the debate, he did a great job shifting the dialogue from president obama as a failure to,
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we could do better. that's very important because the job numbers showed we were actually improving, so he couldn't tell us we were doing awful when we had several months of job growth. so he shifted the dialogue and said, you know what, he was doing okay but i can do better. i think he did a very good job. >> okay. anna? what else did the romney team do right? >> persevere. i try to block out the republican primary from my memory so i can sleep well at night, but really, it was a divisive, long, painful process. and mitt romney trudged through it through his discipline and his superior organization, and it was difficult to imagine that we would be able to put humpty dumpty back together again after that primary. he has been able to do so. he has energized the republican base, he has united the republican party. we saw a tremendous show of unity just a few days ago when he was at a rally with 100 top
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surrogates all over the spectrum in the republican party that are now fanning out in states with him. the other thing i think he did very well was raise the money. the republican party, john mccain was very much outsensed by president obama, by candidate barack obama four years ago. that allowed candidate obama to have a superior ground game, to just have resources john mccain just was not able to put in. mitt romney did a great job raising funds in this cycle. >> your last answers will have to be a little shorter because we're running out of time. an narks i'll start with you. what did the romney team do wrong? what should he have done? >> the gop convention. it was, you know, old, white and boring as a stale loaf of bread. and i also think his initial efforts with latinos were lacking. if he were doing just a little better with latinos now, he probably would be winning in places like colorado.
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>> okay. go ahead, lz. >> taxes. he handled that conversation horribly. he's been running for president now since 2007, and he handled the situation of tax returns as if he was expecting that. he did a terrible job with that. he allowed it to dominate the conversation. there's still republicans who want to see his tax returns and that's because he did not handle that conversation well. >> one-word answer, seriously. who is going to win? lz? >> obama. >> okay. anna? >> i will only dare predict florida. romney wins florida. >> we'll give you florida. we'll take the other 49. >> democracy wins. >> all right. we told you about long lines for
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you're not going to believe this. you're not going to believe this. just two days to go until the presidential election. a poll out just this morning from nbc and the wall street journal shows president obama and mitt romney in a dead heat. nationally the president has a slight edge, 48% to romney's 47%, but that's well within the
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sampling era. another new national poll. this one is from abc and the "washington post," gives obama a one-point lead. nbc also finds romney's nationalability at 53% to obama's 54%. you need to wear a warm jacket and gloves if you plan to take part in early voting here in ohio. at some polling places, the lines were as far as the eye can see. i've never seen anything like this as voters waited to take part in early voting. i went out to check out one of the polling places here in columbus. this is the end of the line here in franklin county where they're allowed to vote 1:00 to 5:00 today. it circles all wait around here. there are a couple circles. i hope you guys aren't getting dizzy. then it's going to snake around all the way through the parking lot, another circle and all the way through.
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one of the guys we've been trying to talk to here is mark. mark, how long have you been in line? >> oh, we just got in line. we have no idea how long this will take. >> when you saw that line, what did you think? >> i thought it ended here at the start of the building until a woman was screaming, end of the line. >> there are circles within circles. did you notice that? >> yes, unfortunately. it would have been nice if they had more than one place open for this. obviously there's a need for it and they're not real concerned about filling that need. >> does this discourage you, though? >> it disappoints me, but it isn't going to keep me from voting. >> good luck. let's go over here. you're going to be here a long time, trust me. let's go through here. how long have you guys been waiting? >> two hours. >> two hours? how long have you been waiting? >> two hours. >> two hours. have you ever seen it like this before? >> no. >> no. worth it, though? >> oh, yes, absolutely. >> all right. well, the reason too many people
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are in line, because in ohio in one county, you can only have one polling place open for early voting. so not only is there foot traffic, there's car traffic as well, and that's the end of the line, which is really just the beginning because that's when you finally get inside to vote. i'm telling you, it's unbelievable and it's been that way at a lot of polling places i've been to. hundreds of thousands of people now in new york, power still out. and they're searching for food, water and gas. we're going to take a look at how they plan to cast their votes on tuesday. ♪ announcing the all-new 2013 malibu from chevrolet. ♪ with a remarkable new interior featuring the available chevrolet mylink infotainment system. this is where sophisticated styling begins. and where it ends? that's up to you. it's here -- the greatest malibu ever.
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while the presidential election is on the minds of many americans tonight, for others it is on survival. food, water, keeping warm in the areas devastated by hurricane sandy. with thousands of people still
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without power and basic needs, light of people are wondering how they will be able to vote on tuesday. our national correspondent susan candiotti spoke with people in the hard-hit rockaway district in queens, new york. susan, what are people there saying? >> reporter: they are saying that they've got one big mess on their hands. don, take a look at where i am standing. i am not on a street, i am not on a sidewalk, i'm not on the beach. i am standing on a huge chunk of boardwalk. a boardwalk that used to run north and south behind me along the ocean. but now it is broken up by crashing waves from superstorm sandy, and it is on side streets, this being one of them. this boardwalk is now strewn with all kind of debris from the homes that line this -- what was a street. and you've got furniture, you've got washers and dryers, you've got downed power lines, no power. the temperatures are plunging now, and for a lot of people, voting is the last thing on their minds.
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but for others, it is something they will never give up. listen. >> yes, voting is on my mind, even though i'm living in all this mess, i still am who i am. it hasn't altered the essence of my person. >> reporter: is voting the last thing on your mind right now? >> i'm not making it a problem because if i have to walk, ride, whatever, i'm going to get to the polls. >> reporter: you are going to make sure you go? >> i'm going to get there. >> reporter: but how? they still don't know where they have to be. it turns out at least 143,000 people in this particular area will be going to polling places that are not their usual ones. so how do they find out where they're supposed to be going? there's no internet unless they have spotty phone services still working and they can look it up. there's no power, so for example, the gop said they're trying to send people out to walk around flyers and get the word out.
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other than that, i know that they are -- the company that makes the voting machines has sent out about 130 generators to get those to the polling stations to make sure that there is power there to run the voting machines. so they're trying to do everything they can to help people who are determined to get out the vote to try to do that, don. >> oh, boy. all right. susan candiotti in rockaway. thank you, susan. for some small business owners, the election isn't about whether president obama or mitt romney wins, it's about a winning plan for the economy. that's next. [ male announcer ] are you considering a new medicare plan?
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♪ democrat or republican, after all the speeches, all the commercials. cnn's tom foreman spends a day in the tiny town of washington, virginia. >> reporter: the people in the small town of washington, virginia, are waiting to see what the election brings their way. many, like cabinet maker peter kramer say they don't really care whether the democrats or republicans win, just as long as the creeping economy starts racing again. >> i'm saying it's both of those people's faults and, yeah, somebody fix it. let's get some people in washington who want to sit down and say let's solve the problem and stop the gridlock.
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>> reporter: next door at the stoney man cafe -- >> it's changed the way we conduct business and changed decisions we've made, major decisions. >> instead of expanding her family-owned business she's kept a close eye on cost, steered clear of debt and watched the electoral process play out. >> reporter: what is it that you most p want to see from washington, d.c.? >> leadership and stepping up. the game of passing the buck, blaming the other guy, it sounds like the way my brother and i used to fight when we were 7 years old. and we don't want that. >> reporter: people have their opinions, of course, about which presidential candidate might create more jobs but like jewelry maker caitlyn mullen, they're unsure of what will
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happen with health care regulations and whatever comes next. >> people are scared to commit a large amount of money to anything, whether it be a couple hundred dollars for custom jewelry or a home. a lot of people are nervous. >> reporter: no one expects any quick fix for the economy. >> it's big and it's going to take some time and a lot of work. it would be nice to get at it. >> reporter: but they are more than ready to start building up again just as soon as the other washington settles down and gets back to work. tom foreman, cnn, washington, virginia. all right. tom, thank you. americans respect the only ones following the election. ing of, folks from around the world are watching as well. just like machiamericans, they an opinion about it, too. runnin. fortunately we've got ink. runnin. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores.
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this election is under the microscope around the world. the race is important to people living in dozens of other countries. let's go to azadeh ansari for the international reaction. >> how are you?
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>> cold. >> sharp perspective on the issues that really matter to them despite them being thousands of miles away. the economy obviously is a driving issue. overseas we're watching how the u.s. interacts with other countries. here is a sample of some of the viewpoints that we heard, don. >> i think you are traitors in the name of where you are killing people by drone. >> let them solve their domestic problems, their economy and leave iran alone. >> we are not enemies. we are friends. there are a lot of global problems and only together we can solve these problems.
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>> i would have thought it would have been an easy one for barack obama and it's quite interesting that mitt romney is sort of punching above his way, so to speak. barack obama needs to get bill clinton to do more spoechs for him. >> some colorful comments, don, obviously. they're not going to the polls on tuesday. they can really be candid about their opinions on the u.s. people talking from all around the globe. go to cnn's open mike project at cnn.com/world view. you can hear dozens of people weighing in with their election views. >> all right, azadeh, thank you very much. some more campaign news now just in. to morrisville, pennsylvania, where mitt romney is speaking live. >> accomplishing change isn't
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just something i talk about. it's something i've done and it's something i will do as president of the united states. now if you believe we can do better [ crowd chanting ] if you believe we can do better, if you believe americans can be on a better course, if you're tired of being tired, i ask you to vote for real change. paul ryan and i will bring real change to america on day one. when i'm elected, the economy and the american job market will be stagnant but i'm not going to waste any time complaining about my predecessor. i won't spend my effort trying
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to past partisan legislation unrelated to jobs and growth. from day one i'll go to work helping americans get back to work. and people across the country are responding to our five-part plan to create jobs. part one is about taking full advantage of our energy resources, our coal, oil, gas, nuclear, renewables. on day one i'm going to act to increase the number of leases and permits from drilling on federal lands and i will act to speed the approval of the keystone pipeline. i'm going to move to boost trade especially with latin america and designate china as a currency manipulator. we've got to fight for fair jobs. now third i'm going to send to congress something we're going to call the training reform act, making